The grapes to produce the Barbera d’Alba Superiore DOC Poderi Gianni Gagliardo are harvested in the first week of October. The vinification takes place with the submerged cap fermentation at 28 ° C followed by the malolactic fermentation. The wine has a short refinement in steel and is bottled in the spring following the harvest.
Known for its sensational Barolos, Poderi Gianni Gagliardo boasts 30 hectares of vineyards including sites in top Barolo crus like Lazzarito, Castelletto, Monvigliero, Mosconi and Fossati. The estate was founded by the Colla family who had been making wine in Piemonte since at least 1847, but the property’s name comes from Gianni Gagliardo who married Paolo Colla’s daughter, Marivanna, committing himself both to the family and to the vines. Today the estate is run by Gianni’s three sons. The Gagliardo philosophy has remained little-changed since the 1960s when Paolo Colla made the estate’s first Barolos; the family seeks to make wines that are above all enjoyable to drink while expressing the unique qualities of their top vineyard sites. In the vineyard the family use biodynamic practices and minimal intervention is the norm when the grapes arrive at the winery to express the purity and intensity of their top quality grapes. In 2017 the family purchased the 15 hectare Tenuta Garetto in Monferrato’s Nizza appellation. This subzone in the Barbera d’Asti hills offers exceptional terroir for Barbera and will allow the Gagliardo brothers to expand and further enhance their portfolio with the estate’s old Barbera vines.